By Kirriemuir Herald
“’Disaster’ looms over addiction to painkillers,” reported The Independent.
This news story is based in part on a recent editorial published in the British Medical Journal, which discusses the rising use of opioid painkillers and the risk of death associated with these types of drugs.
Opioids are a class of drugs that include morphine, methadone and codeine. They can be addictive and may produce withdrawal symptoms if their use is suddenly stopped. They are commonly used for the treatment of cancer pain, but this editorial focused on their rising use for the treatment of chronic pain not related to cancer.
The authors mostly focused on North America and discussed trends in the prescription of opioid painkillers for chronic pain, as well as trends in opioid-related deaths. They also made recommendations for policy changes in North America that they said will reduce the number of these deaths.
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